Rolls-Royce’s first electric car gets a retro nameSeptember 25, 2020
The German trademark office has tentatively disclosed the name of Rolls-Royce’s first electric vehicle.
For the first time in over a decade, the best-selling Rolls-Royce Ghost has been completely redesigned to offer a new level of exquisite luxury and cutting-edge technology. Although the exterior and interior have been completely redesigned, the new Ghost is still powered by a 6.75-liter V12 twin-turbocharged V12 engine producing 563 hp. and a torque of 850 Nm. Rolls-Royce models are known for their exquisite, ultra-quiet interiors, so the switch to electric motors seems logical, since such power plants are almost silent.
CEO Thorsten Müller-Otwos confirmed this week that the first all-electric Rolls-Royce will arrive this decade, and a new patent may have revealed the name of the ultra-luxury electric vehicle. As it became known, BMW has submitted an application for registration of the Silent Shadow trademark to the German Office for Patents and Trademarks in the section “Cars and their parts”.
The name is obviously a reference to the classic luxury Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, produced from 1965 to 1980 for two generations, and would be a fitting way to pay homage to Rolls-Royce’s past while embracing an electric future. It is possible that such a name may indicate that the design of the first Rolls-Royce electric car will have retro-style elements that are a reference to the original Silver Shadow model.
We’ll have to wait and see if the new car looks as amazing as the Vision Next 100 concept showcasing the electric Phantom in the future. The technical details of the Silent Shadow are still unknown, but the concept is powered by two electric motors with a total power of 671 hp.
As emissions standards in Europe become more stringent, Rolls-Royce has acknowledged that it will need to become an all-electric brand by 2040. While Rolls-Royce’s first electric model is reportedly already in development and will feature the same architecture as the current Phantom, Ghost and Dawn models, the company has no plans to launch a hybrid model. Potentially Silent Shadow can replace Dawn or Wraith.
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